This Singapore Bride Created Her Own Light-Up Wedding Dress

After seeing Zac Posen’s glow-in-the-dark gown worn by Claire Danes during the 2016 Met Gala, owner, Ethel, and her husband Peter decided to create their own version. These pre-wedding photos captured by Bobby Kiran Photography at the Singapore ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, show the finished product, which was the result of 6 months of brainstorming, trial and error, and manufacturing. With 16 mini battery packs to power the fibre optics sewn onto the dress, this unique light-up gown is a total showstopper!

How did you and Peter meet?
Peter and I met at a talk! Shortly after we got together, I had to study abroad. We were in a long-distance relationship for 4 years. It was his patience, dedication and commitment to this relationship that moved me. It’s never easy being the one who has been ‘left behind’.

Peter knew that the way to my heart was through my family! So even though I was away, he always made an effort to spend time with them every weekend. Sometimes, Peter even knows more about my family than me!” ~ Ethel

How did you get the idea to create a glow-in-the-dark gown?
It was some time back in May 2016 when I was in the midst of designing my 2nd march-in gown. I wanted something a little more unique and was fussing about it. My husband, who saw the news about Claire Danes’s gown, just casually said I should consider getting this gown. Zac Posen was probably never going to sell it so I thought we could brainstorm and try it ourselves.

The dress itself has 16 mini battery packs installed to power the fibre optics sewn onto the dress. We worked with a manufacturer in Vietnam and a small team of electricians. The gown took us about 6 months to complete as there was quite a bit of trial and error.

My bridesmaids were charging the gown before the banquet, making sure every battery pack was fully charged. I was quite worried that there would be a technical slip during the march-in but thank God everything went well and the guests loved it! I haven't worn it since, it’s tucked away in my closet!

My favorite Disney princess has always been Cinderella and I am glad I was able to make my dream come true!” ~ Ethel

Tell us more about the pre-wedding shoot at the ArtScience Museum.
Underneath everything, I was wearing a tube top and a pair of denim shorts. This meant I did not need a place to change because I simply had to pull up the dress!

As the display at the museum kept changing colour, it was a little challenging to get the right lighting. We also had to play around with the colour of the dress (the dress has 3 colour options) to see which gave the best combination. It wasn’t long before people started noticing an illuminating silhouette! (laughs) Bobby and Wei Xiang were very professional and knew what they had to do to get the photos right. The whole shoot took us approximately 30 minutes.” ~ Ethel


Thank you for sharing these futuristic photos with us, Peter and Ethel!


Another bride in a glow-in-the-dark wedding dress
This Bride Wore a Glow-In-The-Dark Dress for Her Singapore Wedding



Vendor Information
Venue: ArtScience Museum
Photography: Bobby Kiran Photography